A phenomenal La Mondotte. The purity and intensity is so amazing. Full body, super fine and creamy tannins. The clarity is great. You can see that they have pulled back on the new wood and went for transparency. Wow.
|Score: 99/100||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, March 2016|
The deep purple, inky-colored 2015 La Mondotte is something to behold and one of the top handful of wines in the vintage, as well as a perfect wine. Coming from an organically farmed 4.5-hectare parcel of clay and limestone soils located behind Pavie Decesse and a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc (it hit 14.5% alcohol), it boasts awesome aromatics of crème de cassis, graphite, black licorice, and toasty oak, with building minerality that comes through with time in the glass. It’s incredible on the palate as well and possesses a huge, super-concentrated, yet thrillingly pure, elegant style as well as lots of sweet tannins and a huge finish. It’s a primordial baby at the moment, but wow, what a wine. Give bottles 4-5 years of cellaring and it should keep for two to three decades. 2023 - 2053
|Score: 100||Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, November 2017|
The 2015 La Mondotte is more backward and closed on the nose with quite lush black cherry and cassis fruit, very concentrated but nicely focused with no sign of over maturity. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, but there is firm grip with a precise, mineral-driven finish that is a pure joy. Deeply impressive. Tasted blind at the Southwold 2015 Bordeaux tasting.
|Score: 95||Neal Martin, vinous.com, July 2019|
The 2015 La Mondotte, which was bottled on 21 June 2017, has a much more refined bouquet compared to en primeur, its barrel maturation having tempered the aromatics. Blackberry, redcurrant, cold wet stones, a touch of flint and later hints of iris come forth, all very well delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with sensual, silky tannin. The acidity is perfectly judged, lending this La Mondotte exquisite harmony and an almost understated nature. It just glides across the palate and reveals great precision on the finish. Outstanding. Anticipated maturity: 2022 - 2045.
|Score: 96||Neal Martin, -, March 2018|
The 2015 La Mondotte is a blend of 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc picked on 18 September and 7 October respectively, then aged in 80% new oak after a 33-day vatting. It has a dense, opulent and very concentrated bouquet that is driven by the super-intense Merlot, though as I mention in my accompanying introduction, the alcohol is contained and not at all apparent. The palate is very well balanced with rounded, supple tannin. There is a lot of weight in the mouth here, very focused and intense with blackberry and raspberry fruit, fine mineralité and tension, leading to an almost pixelated finish. This is an impressive La Mondotte for sure, though the 2015 Canon la Gaffeliere might offer more intellect. Drink 2020-2045
|Score: 94/96||Neal Martin, Wine Advocate (224), April 2016|
The aromas of blackberries, iodine, oyster shell, violets and lavender are so impressive. Full-bodied, dense and beautifully balanced and refined. Transparent. Real. True beauty. Nothing adding. Organically grown grapes. Drink in 2023.
|Score: 99||James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, February 2018|
The 2015 La Mondotte is super-concentrated, rich and unctuous, with serious intensity in all of its dimensions. Black cherry, blackberry, bittersweet chocolate, leather and licorice add to an impression of brooding, virile power, while beams of supporting tannin extend the finish. Today, La Mondotte is more about power than finesse. The 2015 needs at least a few years to shed some of its formidable tannin and baby fat. Tasted two times. 2022 - 2035
|Score: 96||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, February 2018|
The 2015 La Mondotte emerges from Stephan von Neipperg's tiny 4.5 hectare vineyard on Saint-Émilion's limestone plateau. A huge, unctuous wine, the 2015 is simply stunning. All the elements meld together in an effortless, concentrated wine endowed with magnificent intensity and power. Totally seamless in the glass, the 2015 possesses magnificent richness and the pedigree to age well for many years. Tasted two times.
|Score: 95/97||Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, April 2016|
Tasted blind. Brooding crimson. Real lift on a very concentrated palate. Polished tannins. Rather suave and knowing. Lots of interest here. Appetising dry finish.
|Score: 17||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, February 2019|
85% Merlot, 80% new oak. Blackish crimson. Exotic, opulent nose. Not the massive wine of yesteryear. Quite controlled and just about enough refreshment. Chewy tannins on the end. Not so much my style as its stablemates Clos de l'Oratoire and Canon La Gaffelière, but some will prefer it. Unlikely to be such good value though. Awkward tannins on the end.
|Score: 16.5||Jancis Robinson MW, JancisRobinson.com, April 2016|
Rich and sweet fruit the nose has depth the start of the palate fleshy and ripe black fruits and liquorice. Although the tannins are firm and chewy the back palate has a mix of dried fruits and black cherry the finish tight with a dusty dryness. 2024-37
|Score: 88/92||Derek Smedley MW, DerekSmedleyMW.co.uk, April 2016|
Made from old Merlot vines, some of which date back to the early 20th century, this is a super
concentrated wine that’s hunkered down behind a wall of tannin at the moment. Dense, oaky
and built for the long haul, it’s tricky to taste now. Its track record suggests that it will age
well. Drink: 2022-30
|Score: 93||Tim Atkin MW, timatkin.com, April 2016|
La Mondotte has an extra level of exoticism this year and there is some stunning tobacco and chocolate here, too.
Completely different to the Angélus or Pavie model this wine manages to make a maximum impact with much less noise
and bluster. The fruit is dark and swarthy, with lashings of earth and spice, but the presentation is honed and becalmed
and even the raucous tannins are orderly and fine.
|Score: 18+||Matthew Jukes, Matthew Jukes' Blog, April 2016|